Barbour. Fine sporting clothing since 1894.
Stay comfortable in any environment from a driven shoot to dinner in a wide range of classic Barbour clothing crafted from the finest available materials.
The History of Barbour
Since 1894, J. Barbour & Sons have produced clothes perfectly suited to enjoyment of life beyond the city. It is this commitment to quality and durability that has seen the name Barbour become synonymous with the best of country living.
The beginning of Barbour jackets
In 1894 John Barbour established himself in the burgeoning port of South Shields, supplying oilskins and other garments to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, rivermen and dockers from the worst of the North Sea weather.
Within a few years the firm became the leading supplier of oilskins on the north east coast, not only to seafarers but to others in the surrounding country – farmers, laborers, carters, shepherds – who earned their living outdoors in all weathers. By the beginning of the next century Barbours durable Beacon oilskins were well known throughout Britain and beyond.
The legendary durability of Barbour jackets
Barbour of Englandif theres one feature that distinguishes Barbour jackets more than any other, it is their legendary durability. But, given the quality of materials usedgenuine long-staple Egyptian cotton, solid brass studs, substantial metal zips, plus painstaking quality of construction with an average of 15,000 stitches and up to two hundred componentsperhaps its hardly surprising.
The seams in a Barbour oiled cotton jacket are double rolled, each stitched through two thicknesses of fabric. It is an intricate part of the manufacture and it ensures that the seams are completely waterproof. Even the thread is treated with the same secret watertight proofing formula as the fabric itself.
How long a Barbour jacket will last very much depends on its use (or rather abuse in many cases). Undoubtedly, owners expect much more of a Barbour than any other garment because Barbour enables them to do more. They will subject themselves and their jackets to the severest conditions of weather, mud, animal contact and abrasion than they could ever contemplate if wearing anything less robust.
Clothes for Country Living: Infused with Style and Comfort
For more than a hundred years, Barbour has developed garments that are comfortable and stylish, from fabrics that are technically innovative to meet the demands of outdoor living. The Barbour distinctive wardrobe includes waxed and quilted jackets, sweaters and knits, moleskin and corduroy clothing, midlayers, plus bags and accessories for men, women, and children. While maintaining its traditional country range for which it is known, the company also provides a modern mix of sophistication and heritage with updated coats and jackets based on designs from Barbours archives.
Barbour clothing for men and women runs the gamut from classic to sporting. Their contemporary collection includes updated garments sewn of new and traditional fabrics in stylish, fitted shapes. Their classic clothing is more generous in size, made to wear over jumpers and fleeces. Barbours heritage pieces have been inspired by designs from their extensive archives, and the sporting/active clothing is designed for an active country lifestyle and is specially cut for functionality.
Meeting the Demands of an Active Lifestyle
Barbour clothing is designed and constructed to meet the demands of an active country lifestyle. With the addition of wool and leather clothing to its recent collections, there are beautiful, well-made, and functional styles to suit everyones tastes and interests.